2018-05-31 / Courts

Tennis coach sentenced to 30 days

The coach of the four-school Leelanau tennis program was sentenced to 30 days in jail this week after pleading no contest to failing to stop or identify a personal injury accident.

Timothy D. Sutherland, 64, was sentenced Tuesday in 86th District Court to a month in jail and went directly to jail.

Sutherland was arrested March 24 when he failed to stop after striking a pedestrian in Glen Arbor.

According to a the Sheriff’s Office report, witnesses said that Sutherland struck with his car a 45-year-old man from Boyne Falls who had just stepped from his parked commercial truck.

The man was transported to Munson Medical Center and treated for nonlife threatening injuries.

A no contest plea means that while a defendant does not admit guilt, he or she does admit the truth of facts alleged.

In addition to in $925 fines and costs, Sutherland was also ordered to pay $224.91 in restitution to the victim.

Sutherland was ordered not to consume or be in the possession or alcohol, illegal drugs and non-prescription medication. He was also directed to attend, cooperate and complete an Adult Highway Safety Program and an Impact Panel.

Sutherland will be subject to discretionary alcohol and drug screenings during his two-year probation.

Failure to stop or identify at personal injury accident is a misdemeanor punishable by not more than a year in jail, a fine of not more $1,000 or both.

Sutherland remains the tennis coach for the county’s four-school tennis program hosted by Glen Lake Community School.

“The day after the accident involving Mr. Sutherland, I directed him to have no contact with students or staff,” Glen Lake superintendent Sander Scott said this week. “To date, nothing has changed.”

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